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21 Christmas Traditions You Should Try this Year

October 3, 2019, Author: Tamra Cater

I feel as if Christmas will be here before we know it. I enjoy the holidays, especially spending time with family. Christmas traditions have also been my favorite part, so I thought I’d create a post on it.

As a kid, I remember always going to see the most extravagant Christmas light displays. Even today, I enjoy seeing Christmas light displays. We also had a tradition of playing board games together as a family and opening presents on Christmas Eve at my grandma’s house.

Also, now that my daughter is becoming old enough to start to understand Christmas and what’s it about, I want to create my own traditions that she will remember for the rest of her life.

Here’s my list of suggestions for Christmas traditions-

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1. See Christmas lights. You can explore your city’s neighborhoods for Christmas lights, or you can consider more formal displays depending on where you live.

2.Bake Christmas cookies. This is definitely one I want to try. Need some recipes? This site has several that look amazing- Christmas cookie recipes.

3. Watch a holiday movie. This is one of my favorite things to do around the holidays. I remember watching Home Alone when it came out. Also, I LOVED watching a Charlie Brown Christmas.

During this past Christmas, my daughter especially enjoyed any of the Mickey Mouse Christmas movies.

So, what movies are great for toddlers? Check out this site for more ideas: Best Christmas Movies for Children Under

4. Read Christmas books together. Here are some ideas for toddler Christmas books.

You could get one book, or you could have 24 wrapped books to open each day before Christmas (start on Dec. 1).

Also, you can find more ideas for this tradition here.

5. Build a snowman and other figures related to Christmas. Or you could build a fort made of snow. Or maybe even a snowball fight! Of course, this depends on where you live. I live in Mississippi, so the closest we will get is…well, not close at all. However, if you do live in a warm climate, you can try painting Christmas sweaters on pink flamingos!

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6. Decorate together as a family. Pick out a tree and decorate it together. I know this may be an obvious one, but it’s still a time where you can think about having fun together as family and bonding with each other.

7. Build gingerbread houses. You could consider a recipe for a gingerbread house. Here are some cookie-cutters that will help you create your house!

8.Christmas Eve box. This is a trend that has grown a lot over the past few years. Specifically, you give someone a box on Christmas Eve that is filled with small Christmas gifts. For example, these boxes could include  Christmas movie, pajamas, hot cocoa, and one toy. For more information on this tradition, click here.

9. Make reindeer food. This is made out of dry oatmeal and sprinkles or sparkling sugar. The idea behind this is that if you sprinkle some on your lawn, the sparkling will help guide the reindeers to your home! For a recipe and more information, click here.

10. Make monkey bread for breakfast on Christmas morning. This is a tradition that came from my husband’s family, and we have thoroughly enjoyed it! Honestly, no one knows why this tradition started, but it may be something you enjoy too. If you need a recipe for it, check this website out- Cinnamon monkey bread.

11. Buy or make a new Christmas ornament each year. If you need ideas for ornaments, check out these websites: 6 Keepsake Ornaments or 30 Homemade Ornaments for Kids. 

12. Make Santa footprints. Cut out some footprint shapes from paper or card. Then, sprinkle sugar, glitter, or flour over them.

13. Leave food out for Santa. You can leave out whatever you want, but you can try cookies or maybe even candy canes.

14. Do a random act of kindness. If you’d like some ideas, visit this site- 24 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.

15. Visit Santa. I started doing this with my daughter when she was still a baby. But, of course, when I was a kid, this is something we always loved to do!

16.Elf on a Shelf. You’ve likely already heard of this, but you can try the Elf on the Shelf as a new tradition. Kids will enjoy waking up and trying to find where the Elf is hanging out each day. If you’re interested in this tradition, click on the image below for more information:

17. Wear new Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve.

18. Make a Christmas craft. I love this re-usable felt Christmas Tree! Last year, I bought one from Amazon, and my daughter enjoyed it very much. However, I think I want to try to make this one!

You can find instructions for this craft by clicking here.

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19.Advent Calendar Activities. For more ideas, check out this website- Christmas Advent Calendar Activities. She’s got a free printable list of activities that you can do for Christmas. For example, one activity includes making paper snowflakes and hanging them in your bedroom!

20. Try a Christmas countdown activity.  I love this tradition that was posted by Living in Happy Place. She calls it a “Box Full of Family”. In the week before Christmas, she has 7 gifts for the family to open one day at a time. And each of those gifts focuses on doing something together as a family. For example, she might have a game or a craft they can do together. For more information on this, click here.

21. Gingerbread Themed Activities. I have always enjoyed anything related to gingerbread around Christmas time. So, I want to try these gingerbread themed activities that are found here.  For example, she has a gingerbread cookie recipe, a gingerbread man book that you can read with your kids, as well as a gingerbread man coloring page!

Final Thoughts on Christmas Traditions

I hope these ideas help you! Enjoy this Christmas and create lots of wonderful memories together!

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    I love baking Christmas cookies!

    Sarah Winton

    October 3, 2019 Reply
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    Some great ideas here! I can't wait 'til my little boys old enough to sit down and enjoy Home Alone with me. Definitely my favourite Christmas flick!


    October 3, 2019 Reply
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    I love baking sugar cookies this time of year. Me and my 10 year old eat them all!! I also love collecting lots of silvery and metallic decorations.


    October 3, 2019 Reply
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    I love these ideas! I used to remember doing almost all of these with my mom. My favorite was leaving out food for Rudolph and Santa. I was the "smart" kid who thought Santa must be tired of cookies and milk. I decided to leave him hot dogs and french what kind of messed up thinking is that? My mom just went along with it! Great list! I can't wait for Christmas! Casey |

    Casey | McCourtSkee

    October 3, 2019 Reply
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      Lol I love the hot dogs and fries idea!

      Tamra Cater

      October 3, 2019 Reply
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    Be sure to remember books that tell the Real Christmas Story... the birth of Jesus. Another tradition that our family kept was Christmas Eve worship at church. Without Him, none of the rest would have had a reason to be! A beautiful posting!

    Nancylee Rast Cater

    October 7, 2019 Reply